By: Dr Sheilah A Robertson BVMS (Hons), PhD, DACVAA, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), CVA, MRCVS Description: In this session tips on how to start the difficult conversation about euthanasia will be
By: Dr Sheilah A Robertson BVMS (Hons), PhD, DACVAA, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), CVA, MRCVS
In this session tips on how to start the difficult conversation about euthanasia will be discussed; this includes verbal priming, supporting the owner / family, understanding the difference between empathy and sympathy, focusing on the pet’s needs and being non-judgmental. Owners have four main budgets when making euthanasia decisions (financial, emotional, physical and time) and all must be considered. Setting the scene for success includes small but powerful ‘little things’ such as never separating the patient from the owner once the decision has been made, quickly creating a less clinical setting (blankets, cushions, dimming lights). How and when to ask for payment will be discussed.
- Attendees will feel confident initiating difficult conversations about euthanasia by learning key words and phrases that are patient centric.
- Attendees will understand why pre-euthanasia sedation is important for the whole veterinary team, patient and owner.
- If intravenous access is not possible attendees will be confident with using alternate routes for administration of euthanasia solutions.
- Attendees will perform their next euthanasia with confidence, calmness and a feeling of control form start to finish.
Dr. Sheilah Robertson graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Following time in private practice and a surgery internship she undertook specialized training in anesthesia and completed her PhD at the University of Bristol. She is board certified in anesthesia and in animal welfare by the respective American and European Colleges and holds a certificate in small animal acupuncture. In 2019 she received her certification as a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Palliative and End-of-Life practitioner by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. She has published widely on the recognition and alleviation of acute pain. Currently she is the senior medical director of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a large network of veterinarians dedicated to end-of-life care and in-home euthanasia throughout the USA. Dr Robertson is also a courtesy Professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
(Monday) 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST